New Mississippi law to give tenants one week after eviction notice to pack up – FOX13 News Memphis

WALLS, Mississippi — A new law in Mississippi will give evicted tenants more time to pack up and leave.

The change came after a federal judge said the previous law was absurd and went further than any law in the land.

FOX13 looked at the changes and where northern Mississippi residents struggling to pay rent can get help.

Under old Mississippi law, a landlord could immediately evict a tenant who didn’t pay rent and take the tenant’s belongings.

Under the new law, the landlord must give the tenant seven days after the eviction notice and, under certain circumstances, they cannot take your belongings.

Tenants we spoke to in northern Mississippi said that was a good thing.

“I think everyone is struggling, and we’re all trying to get that almighty dollar,” Walls’ Kenneth Nance said.

Tenants like Jarcoby Hopson of Walls said they thought it was a step in the right direction.

“It’s okay. Like I said, there aren’t any high-paying jobs here, and people need time, bruh,” Hopson said.

If you can’t pay your rent, South of the Sacred Heart Missions not only can help you with that, but they can also help you with the issues swirling around it.

“The ultimate goal is to try to get people back on their feet,” Laura Grisham said.

Grisham with Sacred Heart says they serve five northern Mississippi counties. To get help, tenants who need help should come in for an appointment at one of their offices.

“We’re going to help with food and utilities and rent and help people with their budget so they can move beyond their current situation and overcome the issues they’re having,” Grisham said.

Grisham added that if Sacred Heart can’t help, they’ll try to refer you to an agency that can.

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